Gamespy’s Jeff McBeth sent in word that they’veconducted an interviewwith Transgaming’s Gavriel State about theirrecently announced WineXrelease with Mandrake Linux. At one point, Gavriel addressesthe question of their impact on native ports:
I absolutely disagree. As you can see from the above, we ourselves are now also in the business of creating Linux optimized games which include Linux only features. For TransGaming, WineX is a tool that allows us to deliver licensed game far more quickly and efficiently then ever before. It also gives us the opportunity to provide Linux users with the ability to run games when a publisher is unwilling to license any Linux version of a game.
We’ve said it before, and I will say it again: we will not encourage our users to vote for games that other publishers have ported or are already porting.
One of the core strengths of the Linux community is diversity. We think that there is room in the market for a number of different approaches to the problem of bringing more games to the platform.